First case of West Nile virus in 2017 reported in Kent County

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The department had said last month that the first mosquitoes of the year had tested positive for the eastern equine encephalitis virus.

The season's first positive specimen of West Nile virus in Grand Rapids was discovered on the city's South East side on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

So far this year, West Nile virus activity has been reported in 28 California counties, including neighboring Sacramento and Placer counties.

The health department noted in a press release, in all uppercase type, THIS IS NOT A HUMAN CASE.

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"To educate neighborhoods about West Nile virus, the Department has enhanced outreach to at-risk communities - particularly in senior centers and other venues - in Staten Island and Brooklyn", the agency reported.

County officials said containers should be emptied of stagnant water every five days to prevent adult mosquitoes from emerging. The spraying will begin at dusk, weather permitting, and be administered from one of the county's West Nile program trucks.

West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue. "For more information about West Nile virus, and how to avoid it, visit nyc.gov/health/wnv or call 311".

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